Tuesday, May 29, 2007

7 Random Things

Thanks Candy!! I've been tagged to list 7 random things about me and then pick 7 others to tag. First the rules --

Each person tagged gives seven random facts about themselves along with the rules of the game, as well as tagging seven others by listing their names as part of the blog post and leaving a blog comment for the tagged individuals to let them know that they've been tagged.

1. I learned to knit when I was about 12. My mom tried to teach me but I was sooo tense and my stitches so tight I would end up in tears. Eventually I figured it out and now it is a passion.

2. I was born and raised in Penticton, BC Canada as was my dad. My grandparents moved there in 1912 so you could say our family are old timers :-) I never moved until I went to college.

3. I took CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing) at a technical college and worked at an engineering firm and computer company before moving to the US.

4. I learned to quilt on my own in 1998 after moving to the US. I had a 1 yo at home and didn't know anyone so started quilting to keep my sanity.

5. This is hard, coming up with 7 things. I am a pretty private person LOL! (does this count?)

6. I used to do cross stitch but gave it up when I started quilting. 2 hobbies is plenty for me (and my husband would agree).

7. I have one sister and one brother both younger than me. (Can you tell I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas?!?) My family and my husbands live in Canada -- we are the only rebels!

I'm not tagging anyone. Maybe I will think of someone later, but most of the blogs I read have already been tagged!

We had an awesome time camping and I will post pictures in the next couple of days!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Knit For Dulaan

Since I posted those YouTube movies I thought I would also update you on all the items I have knit for The Dulaan Project so far. The due date to have all items in to F.I.R.E. is July 1st so I am hoping to have may box ready to mail by June 15th. Finished for Dulaan are one Steppe Sweater size 8/10, one red raglan sweater size 6/8, one v-neck cardigan size 4/5, three hats, and one pair of baby booties pictured below with the finished sock.

That said -- I started a new pair of wool socks size 6 and want to start and finish a size 6 pullover sweater. One sock complete and the other started (just barely).

I have a bunch of fingering/sock yarn in 100% wool that I thought I would make socks out of but it is not machine washable so won't be a good choice for my family (I don't do hand washing LOL!). Doubling this yarn up will make a nice worsted weight yarn.
We are headed camping this weekend so I hope to get the socks finished up and a good start on the sweater.

Monday, May 21, 2007

So Much Started

Sorry I haven't posted for quite a while. I have been busy (who hasn't) and I just haven't had the time -- or the desire -- to post. Since the last time I posted I have started 3 new projects and finished one of them today.

Afghans for Afghans had a challenge to make baby socks and hats to bless mothers for mothers day. I decided Friday that I wanted to make at least one set and the due date is May 25th. Nothing like leaving a project to the last minute. They are done -- now I just need to get them in the mail tomorrow. Hopefully they arrive by Friday! The socks are from P2Designs striped ribbed socks and the hat is made up by casting on 84sts, k2, p2 ribbing for 3" and then k6 rows purl a row, knit a row, purl a row until the hat measured 6" then typical decreasing. One more baby will be warmed!

The next project I started a couple of weeks ago was a burial dress. I have been reading on the HAIN forum of so much need by hospitals for burial outfits (very sad) and decided I needed to make some of these up. I am sure it would be much faster to sew them, but I just don't seem to have the energy and my sewing skills just don't measure up (in my opinion) as much as my knitting does. The pattern is from BW Creations which doesn't seem to be active anymore. It is knit in one piece with the back open. The skirt is a pretty eyelet pattern.

And the last item that I started about a month ago was another baby raglan cardigan sweater. I love making these, they work up quickly and turn out so cute! The pattern is by Carole Barenys and I am using some pastel sport weight yarn and pretty pink heart buttons.
I am planning on finishing the burial dress first though I still have the pink "waves" blanket I need to finish knitting. I think I am about half done with that. And the quilting/knitting group at our church has the opportunity to knit hats and booties for new arrivals through the Caring Ministry. So far no one has offered to help so I may need to knit a few of those quickly as well.
Hopefully there will not be as much time between now and the next post. I will do my best to update you on what is happening in my crafting life!!